US Relations with North Korea

Dylan Maynard, reporter

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President Trump put a positive spin on his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Saturday, saying he knows that “I am with him” and repeating his belief that a nuclear deal will still happen, despite the North Koreans’ test fire of unidentified projectiles.


“Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, and will do nothing to interfere or end it,” he tweeted. “He also knows that I am with him and does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!”


After an escalation of tensions over North Korea’s ballistic missile launches in 2017, in which Trump vowed “fire and fury” if North Korea kept up its escalations, relations changed when President Trump met with Kim twice — once in 2018 and once earlier this year. But that renewed relationship appears to have broken down since then. The North requested sanctions relief in exchange for partial denuclearization measures, in which the U.S. declined.